From the celebrated author of Rich and Pretty, a novel about the families we fight to build and those we fight to keepLike many first-time mothers, Rebecca Stone finds herself both deeply in love with her newborn son and deeply overwhelmed. Struggling to juggle the demands of motherhood with her own aspirations and feeling utterly alone in the process, she reaches out to the only person at the hospital who offers her any real help-Priscilla Johnson-and begs her to come home with them as her son's nanny.Priscilla's presence quickly does as much to shake up Rebecca's perception of the world as it does to stabilize her life. Rebecca is white, and Priscilla is black, and through their relationship, Rebecca finds herself confronting for the first time the blind spots of her own privilege. She feels profoundly connected to the woman who essentially taught her what it means to be a mother. And when Priscilla dies unexpectedly in childbirth, Rebecca steps forward to adopt the baby. But she is unprepared for what it means to be a white mother with a black son. As she soon learns, navigating motherhood for her is a matter of learning how to raise two children whom she loves with equal ferocity but whom the world is determined to treat differently.Written with the warmth and psychological acuity that defined his debut, Rumaan Alam has crafted a remarkable novel about the lives we choose and the lives that are chosen for us.
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"Rebecca Stone is the mother of two very different sons. One is her biological child, and the other is an adopted child of her African-American nanny. Vanessa Johansson narrates this story of love, family, and modern society in a voice full of feeling. With warmth and wry humor, she personalizes Rebecca's difficulty in embracing motherhood. Johansson draws out the universal nature of this struggle since we have all been children and many of us parents. Rebecca's life with her two sons becomes a cultural critique of society's uneven treatment of people. A look at both modern motherhood and family, this is an unpredictable story told by an expert narrator. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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